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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 22:09
Awesome debrief budablasta...the categorizing of wrong answers is definitely a great tip...

whats more inspiring is that you put in 5-6 hours a day into it..bravo!!
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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 22:33
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Awesome debrief budablasta...the categorizing of wrong answers is definitely a great tip...

whats more inspiring is that you put in 5-6 hours a day into it..bravo!!


Thanks handamanik! Glad my ideas are of help to you
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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2012, 12:29
Nice debrief. I think you and I are pretty much in the same boat with our quant - verbal scores (mine are practice) . I can understand your disappointment but 710 is indeed a good score and if you truly decide you want to run with it, you can. Hope you get the b-school you aim for :)
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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2012, 19:12
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Nice debrief. I think you and I are pretty much in the same boat with our quant - verbal scores (mine are practice) . I can understand your disappointment but 710 is indeed a good score and if you truly decide you want to run with it, you can. Hope you get the b-school you aim for :)


Thanks karun. The severe disappointment lasted for a day, mellowed into a dull bitterness over the next 3 days and now, 6 days later, I have forgotten about the GMAT and have turned single-mindedly towards the essays.

Just as I had psyched myself out to believe, during my GMAT prep days, that the GMAT is everything, so have I totally converted my mindset now to write amazing essays. And, seriously, essay-writing is hard work!
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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2012, 01:54
A mail came from PearsonVue today. My AWA is 5.5.
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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2012, 08:48
710??? A lot of people would sacrifice cute little furry animals for that score.
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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2012, 08:58
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710??? A lot of people would sacrifice cute little furry animals for that score.


You just made my day, man!
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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2012, 09:00
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710??? A lot of people would sacrifice cute little furry animals for that score.


You just made my day, man!


@bb,

This place is phenomenally encouraging. Thank you for GMAT Club.
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Re: 710. On to the essays. [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2012, 05:53
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How I wish I could go back in time 3 years. If, back then, I had known I would be contemplating an MBA at the 6-yr mark, I would have done a lot more to differentiate myself! You are lucky on 2 counts - a) you have time on your hand, and b) you are clearly a lot more self-aware than some are at the 3-yr mark (judging by your active presence on this forum)!


Never too late, man ! You might find this comforting - I wish I could go back in time 3 years. If, back then, I had known I would be contemplating an MBA at the 3-yr mark, I would have done a lot more to differentiate myself!
It never ends.

However I know several guys who attended Oxford, Cambridge, IESE etc who had to return to India post their MBA.


Was it a matter of preference or compulsion due to a bad job scene ?

AbhiJ, we really need to talk about this. How bad is the situation at places like Oxford, etc. I would really like to get some insights from some of your friends from Oxford.


Could you have a talk with AbhiJ ? Any further insights ?
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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2012, 06:53
@dreamchase

I have exactly one month to write all the essays and recommendations. My plan is to ship that lot out on time. After that, there will be enough time to pursue this question in all it's depth.So, I have put the brakes on that for a month ;)!!

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Re: 710. On to the essays. [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2012, 07:04
dreamchase wrote:

However I know several guys who attended Oxford, Cambridge, IESE etc who had to return to India post their MBA.


Was it a matter of preference or compulsion due to a bad job scene ?

AbhiJ, we really need to talk about this. How bad is the situation at places like Oxford, etc. I would really like to get some insights from some of your friends from Oxford.


Could you have a talk with AbhiJ ? Any further insights ?


What I am saying is my view and there can be people would would totally refute it.
I have not asked anyone who came back to India the exact reasons they returned as it can be taken as a rude question. The point is you simply cannot do away with 4-5 years of technical work experience and undergrad degree with a 1 year MBA. The best possible shift is you may get into Consulting in the domain you had the pre-MBA work experience. The thing have come to know is that UK is a less diversified and smaller job market compared to US. US has several tech/engineering companies where there is a demand for technical talent. In UK its all about Finance and Consulting. If you have previous work experience in these areas UK is as good as US. However most Indians with technical degree don't fall into that category. That's why even 40 ranked US MBA are able to place Indian students as Business Analysts in Tech/Engineering firms. At the end of the day am no admission consultant and this is what have gathered from my friends etc, so take it with a grain of salt.
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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2012, 07:59
@abhij,@dreamchase

AbhiJ, thanks for the reply. I was about to pm you. Well, I must say I am a little relieved. I have 6 years of experience in market analysis and strategy consulting for business unit VPs internally in my company. (my clients are all internal people in the company). So no tech background in my case.

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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2012, 06:59
congrats man 710 is good enough

best of luck on essays and recommendations
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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2012, 07:33
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There was this one guy who hadn't brought his passport for identification and had to miss his test. I tried not to think of anything demeaning about him but I was really surprised how he could screw up like this. No palm-scan issues for me, no issues at all.


I get that some folks can be nervous before a test, but that is unacceptable. I just had to show my drivers license for my test, but I also checked the day before and right before I left to make sure that my drivers license was there.

If that test taker was trying to retake that test in order to improve an adcom from a waitlist decision because his score wasn't high enough, then this has gotta suck big time because he now can't take the test for a month and GMAC just ate up 25,000 pennies.
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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2012, 11:22
[EDITED JUNE 8, 2012] After 3 months of building my apps, I finally made it through to my dream bschool - Said Business School, University of Oxford!! Just got my letter today!

The last 3 months have seriously gone by in a haze!

Mid-Jan to Mid-Mar (2 months) Prepped for GMAT
Mid-Mar Gave the GMAT, scored a 710, was severely disappointed
Mid-Mar to Mid Apr (1 month) Prepped the apps for Oxford, Cambridge anyway, swallowing my disappointment
Mid Apr to End-Apr (1/2 month) Nail-biting wait for interview call - Made it!
May (1 month) Hardcore prep for interview
End-May Interview (really nailed it!)
Today, June 8 Offer letter from Oxford
Coming up, June 13 Last-round interview for Jubilee Scholarship
Coming up, June 15 Jubilee scholarship results

So, mid-Jan to mid-Jun 5 months of continuous apping!Whew!
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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2012, 12:23
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[EDITED JUNE 8, 2012] After 3 months of building my apps, I finally made it through to my dream bschool - Said Business School, University of Oxford!! Just got my letter today!

The last 3 months have seriously gone by in a haze!

Mid-Jan to Mid-Mar (2 months) Prepped for GMAT
Mid-Mar Gave the GMAT, scored a 710, was severely disappointed
Mid-Mar to Mid Apr (1 month) Prepped the apps for Oxford, Cambridge anyway, swallowing my disappointment
Mid Apr to End-Apr (1/2 month) Nail-biting wait for interview call - Made it!
May (1 month) Hardcore prep for interview
End-May Interview (really nailed it!)
Today, June 8 Offer letter from Oxford
Coming up, June 13 Last-round interview for Jubilee Scholarship
Coming up, June 15 Jubilee scholarship results

So, mid-Jan to mid-Jun 5 months of continuous apping!Whew!



Congra-****-tulations man !! :)

Now this is some way to go about the damn process !!
And here I am, still sorting out the short list of schools to apply to, let alone the applications.
All the best !
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Re: 710 Debrief. Crash and Burn. [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2012, 19:55
Haha! Thank you dreamchase! The difficulty of the application process itself makes me feel special at having been selected!

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